New Track: Fela Kuti – “Lady” (Remade by Tune-Yards, Angelique Kidjo, Questlove, & Akua Naru) + Behind the Scenes Video

 

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This might be the longest post title ever, but well worth it. Tune-Yards, Angelique Kidjo, Questlove, & Akua Naru came together for a powerful collaboration on a remake of Fela Kuti’s “Lady.” The result = yikes! In the best way possible. You must listen to the stream below.

Above, view a behind the scenes on the making of the track as well as interviews with the artists involved. This song is more than just any other woman loving song – it’s about the power of a woman in any form, of any creed and background.

The track will be part of a new Fela Kuti compilation by by the Red Hot and (RED) organizations called Red Hot + Fela.

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New Release: G’s Way – ‘Seventy Seven’

 

French composer and musicians Gérald “GG” Bonnegrace aka G’s Way has created Seventy Seven as an amalgamation of all his musical influences – pretty ambitious, we’d say. Drawing from artists like Ray Baretto, Eumir Deodato, Fela Kuti, Grover Washington Jr., the music is a shining blend of jazz, funk, and afro-latin sounds.

Sprinkled with guest appearances from an international sampling of artists, this album is a stunning tribute to seventies music. We love it!

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Lijadu Sisters to Reissue 4 Out-of-Print Albums

 

Nigerian twins The Lijadu Sisters (Taiwo and Kehinde) may not be known to many but they will be. Cousins of Fela Kuti, the women wrote some powerful political and topical material, which they recorded at the famed Decca studios in Lagos, Nigeria, a hotspot for the Nigerian music scene in the 1970′s.

On the albums, you will hear a combination of afrobeat, western pop music, and reggae, with lyrics sung in both English and Yoruba. These collectors’ gems will be available digitally and on CD for the first time ever – and yes, you’ll be able to cop the vinyl as well.

Danger will be the first release on November 8th. Get ready for uplifting, energetic, and funky music that’ll have you spinning. Below, you’ll find the schedule of all the releases along with a stream of “Danger.”

Releases
Danger (1976) – November 8, 2011
Mother Africa (1977) – 1st quarter 2012
Sunshine (1978) – 2nd quarter 2012
Horizon Unlimited (1979) – 3rd quarter 2012

Pre-order Danger on Knitting Factory Records

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Femi Kuti to Release Africa for Africa + Tour Dates

In a career spanning over twenty years, Femi Kuti has been able to find his own voice while preserving the memory of his father, Fela Kuti. Following his 2008 album Day By Day and ushering in a more aggressive but pointed style of music, Africa for Africa will be released on March 22nd on Knitting Factory Records. Femi’s offerings on Africa for Africa show that although an heir in the family lineage of Fela, Femi is carving out his own space in the great history of Afrobeat and African Music.  Africa for Africa aims to present Afrobeat in its rough, purest form.  After the jump, get more info and check out Femi’s upcoming North American tour dates for April and May.

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Fela Power Show Vinyl Box Set, Curated by Questlove + Contest

A few weeks ago we announced the release of a comprehensive box set of Fela Kuti recordings, hinting at upcoming vinyl on Knitting Factory Records. Now the time is here: vinyl box sets are available stocked with the same recordings as the digital Power Show Batch, albums carefully selected by Questlove of The Roots, plus a ton of extras. Those include restored vintage vinyl label artwork, a 12-page color booklet with liner notes by Questlove, album descriptions by British music journalist Chris May and a recreation of the 1986 concert poster from Austin, TX.

If you haven’t already, get your Fela on with The Power Show Batch. Get it in physical or digital format on Fela.net.

Enter our contest to WIN the vinyl boxset from Knitting Factory & Giant Step.